Ticket sales are brisk for Zoofari Brazil: BIG! BRIGHT! BEAUTIFUL! Your $100 ticket includes heavy appetizers and multi-course, Brazilian-inspired dinner from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, open bar, animal entertainment and the opportunity to win a car, exotic trips, adventure packages and fine jewelry. Proceeds from Zoofari support plans for a new rhino exhibit at Niabi Zoo.
Here's a sneak peek at live and silent auction items:
Trip to Brazil
Guys' trip to Boston
Napa Valley wine trip
Sports fans packages
Health and wellness pampering packages
Niabi Zoo parties
Dinner and hotel packages
Can't make it to Zoofari? You can still support the Zoo and get in on the action by purchasing a $25 raffle ticket for a 2013 Honda Fit Sport from Zimmerman Honda. You do not need to be present to win or purchase a ticket and there is no limit to individual ticket purchases. Raffle tickets will be sold through Saturday, October 4. Click here to purchase a car raffle ticket or click here for more details about the car.
Attendance will be capped, so get your RSVP in today before the event sells out! Click here to purchase tickets through a secure, third party event registration vendor.
SNOW LEOPARD DAY
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
It's a special day just for Niabi's snow leopards, Niko and Kira. The day is packed with zookeeper chats to teach you more about these elusive big cats, games and a raffle where you can win snow leopard paw print artwork or even a behind the scenes tour with the snow leopards. The gift shop is stocked with special snow leopard merchandise with proceeds going to the Snow Leopard Trust for conservation efforts.
Enter our coloring contest by October 13. Download our snow leopard picture by clicking here. Kids can bring in their pictures to be displayed in our Jungle Trek building through Boo at the Zoo, October 26, or mail your picture to the zoo by the 13th.
Regular admission applies, members get in free! You do not need to RSVP to attend Snow Leopard Day.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Niabi's most attended event spans two days of trick-or-treat fun. Boo at the Zoo provides children with the opportunity to have a merry, not scary, fun time in a controlled and safe environment. Businesses and non-profit organizations participate by decorating a designated area in a Halloween theme, staff the booth dressed in costume, and give out goodies to the children as they trick-or-treat around the zoo.
Regular admission applies, members get in free! You do not need to RSVP to attend Boo at the Zoo. Beat the lines and purchase a membership online for faster entry into the zoo.
CLASSES FOR KIDS
Zoo Tots, classes for kids 2-4 years of age, runs all winter long! Classes meet the first Thursday or Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (classes are the same on either day, but topics are different each month).
Members receive a discount on class registrations!
BREAKFAST WITH THE ANIMALS
October 18 - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Have breakfast in the jungle at Niabi Zoo. A warm breakfast awaits you in the Jungle Trek where you can see the new tamarin exhibit and explore other rainforest animals. Your breakfast adventure includes admission to Niabi Zoo before it opens for the day. Zoo members $18, non-members $22.
Santa is coming for breakfast on December 6! To register for this popular event, call (309) 799-3482 ext. 222.
PINTS FOR PRESERVATION FUNDRAISER RECAP
Over 800 guests ignored the pesky early showers on Friday, September 5 and attended Pints for Preservation. The event was a huge success, helping raise money for a new rhino exhibit at Niabi. There was plenty of beer on tap, along with wine and a whisky cocktail that tasted like fall in a glass. The addition of food vendors this year made the event an even greater value. Got a restaurant? Click here if you would like to share your food next year.
Watch for the Pints 2015 date to be released when Niabi Zoo opens for the season next spring. Thank you, guests, for attending Pints for Preservation and supporting Niabi Zoo!
LOVE US AND $3 GOES TO THE NIABI ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Final day of the 2014 season is October 26
11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Last admission of the day is 3:00